9 Ways Travel Will Change the Way You Think About Life

There’s something about seeing the world that’s simply eye opening. It seems like for every journey we take, every place we see, our mind opens up even more as we take it all in. Traveling changes us by exposing us to the wonders that exist just outside our own little world. Only through travel can we really see that this Earth is full of life, and it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Below, you’ll find the 9 ways seeing the world will change how you look at it:

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1. You’ll Learn About Other Cultures

When you sit at home or go about your usual life, cultures different from your own can seem foreign, even wrong. But then you go to a different country, and you stay a while, and immerse yourself in the local culture and customs, and what once seemed like alien concepts now makes perfect sense. Things you could never understand become clear.

There’s something beautiful about becoming a temporary participant in another culture. And the best part is that the experience doesn’t end when you go home. You take it with you, it becomes a part of you. And suddenly the world starts to feel a little closer.

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2. Everywhere You Go, You’ll Discover That People Are the Same

Everyone is different. Every town, every city, every country and society all have unique cultures, lives and experiences. And yet, despite every difference between societies and cultures, deep down we’re all the same. Everywhere you go there’s people who are just living their lives. They love food and music, sports and art, they’re obsessed with technology and like to have fun.

When you start to realize that, you start to look and treat people a little differently. Suddenly you start to become more aware of little things like false stereotypes and casual racism, and you start to appreciate people of different cultures more.

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3. You’ll Gain a New Appreciation for Nature

When you live in the city, you don’t realize (or you forget) just what’s out there. You get used to your environment.

But then you decide to get away. Maybe you want to see mountains, or go camping, or maybe you just want to hit the road with no destination in mind. Even if you live out in the countryside, once you’re on the road with the windows rolled down, or in the middle of the woods, or relaxing with your feet dangling over the side of a cliff so massive that looking down gives you a mini-heart attack (Don’t actually do this, by the way, it’s super dangerous), you just take in a deep breath and enjoy it.

To just sit back and enjoy the world — the real world out there, not your own little habitat — gives you an indescribable feeling of contentment. It feels like everything is OK. The world is still turning, and there are still pockets of infinite beauty for us to behold. And when you return to your home, you’ll miss it. The sight of the clear night sky, the orange-red horizon you can see when the sun sets, the sounds of life all around you carrying on, the fresh smell of air not yet tainted by car fumes and farts.

It’s simply awe-inspiring.

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